A Raiders fire sale?

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that once again, the Oakland Raiders are calling teams around the league and letting them know everyone on the roster is available.

There are some pretty talented players on that roster, including cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, running back Darren McFadden and tight end Zach Miller. I don’t think Oakland fans should fret about this news.

First, it's happened before, and secondly, huge trades are difficult to make in the NFL, especially considering the trade deadline is Tuesday afternoon. I think the only reason Oakland (2-3) is making the roster available is to see what they could be offered.

Remember, Oakland doesn’t have a first-round draft pick next year because of the Richard Seymour trade with New England. So, if the Raiders could get a huge return for a top player, it may be interested. But don’t expect much to happen.

Schefter also reports that San Francisco could claim linebacker Shawne Merriman when he is released by San Diego in the next couple of weeks. It makes sense. The 0-5 49ers may have the top waiver priority when Merriman is made available. Schefter reports Merriman would like to play for Miami, Dallas or Baltimore.

Also in the AFC West:

  • The Denver Broncos made a couple of moves at the bottom of the roster.

  • San Diego tight end Kris Wilson was fined $5,000 for unnecessary roughness against Oakland last week, according to a league spokesman.